Speaker John Boehner was expected today to announce his slate of GOP conferees to a transportation conference committee that includes a number of chairmen as well as freshman lawmakers who could help push a final agreement through the chamber.
The Ohio Republican huddled with his GOP conferees in his Capitol Hill office this afternoon to discuss the conference. Members who attended the meeting include Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica (Fla.), Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (Mich.), Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (Wash.), Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (Mich.), Science, Space and Technology Chairman Ralph Hall (Texas), and Reps. Reid Ribble (Wis.), Steve Southerland (Fla.), Don Young (Alaska), Bill Shuster (Pa.), Rick Crawford (Ark.), John Duncan (Tenn.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.), Rob Bishop (Utah), James Lankford (Okla.), Patrick Tiberi (Ohio) and Ed Whitfield (Ky.).
Members of the freshman class made up much of the opposition to Boehner’s efforts to pass a massive reform package earlier this year, and his picks for the committee appear aimed at helping garner buy-in from the influential group once a deal with the Senate is struck.
Significantly, Boehner did not put any members of his leadership team on the conference committee.
Also named to the committee were Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Democratic Reps. Nick Rahall (W.Va.), Peter DeFazio (Ore.), Jerry Costello (Ill.), Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Corrine Brown (Fla.), Elijah Cummings (Md.), Leonard Boswell (Iowa) and Tim Bishop (N.Y.).
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.